You wake up in the morning, get cleaned up, dressed, and eat breakfast (at least drink coffee) and then you look for your cel phone, laptop, or mp3 player before you head out the door. You check the usual places and find what you need, only to discover that the power is low! Now what? Now you start that far more taxing task of trying to find the charger cord for the device.
The advent of the rechargeable batteries to operate these devices was great, but brought along with it a myriad of cables, cords, and adapters. There are very few of these that work with more than one of our devices. Apple things have a totally different interface than do Black Berries, and different again from e-readers. Even within one range of device, the Nintendo DS series, the adapters are different depending upon which version of the hand-held game device you happen to have.
So you need the cord with which your Black Berry can charge in the car. Well, obviously it must be in the car right? Not necessarily. You may not have used it there yet, or perhaps you were travelling with a friend and stuck it in a purse or piece of luggage incase you needed it. Your kids may have borrowed it, or it may be in your spouse’s car. How about the USB cord for your I-Pod? I’m sure you put it someplace safe, but where. It is truly amazing how these little bits of electronic accessories can hide between couch cushions , between bills in the stack, in pockets etc. They usually turn up shortly after you have given up and paid a princely sum to get new ones.
Just as the improvements of computers did not make our homes and workplaces paperless, our wireless devices do not actually leave us unplugged. At some point, without the cords, cables, and adapters our devices just become cute paperweights. We have become even more dependant on electricity than we were fifty years ago. So, for folks in my area, as you prepare for the oncoming hurricane Irene, don’t forget to get a full charge on all your “wireless” devices.